social media debate often seems the equivalent of being stuck in a room of students who are trying to bluff they way around the fact that almost no one's done the required reading and getting into a heated argument over nothing because the other option is to sit there in silence and the teacher finding out they don't know what they're talking about. meanwhile the teacher is bored, doesn't care, but didn't have any lesson plan beyond "let the students argue".
i once spent over half an hour in class during my Masters listen to a guy argue that feminism was bad without knowing what feminism meant. He ended up arguing that just because he believed women should have equal pay, equal rights, and that things were currently unbalanced in favour of men, didn't make him a feminist, because the word was bad.
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